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Energy transition is your future!

One of the greatest challenges of our time is the transition towards a sustainable energy system, based on renewable energy sources. A new generation of innovative professionals, equipped with interdisciplinary thinking and up-to-date knowledge, skills and tools can turn this challenge into a success. Talented young people are needed.

DDuring the core semester of the European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management from Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen you acquire a solid foundation in economics and business concepts. These are related to innovative energy project design and related aspects of the energy business. Combined with planning, strategic decision-making and communication, this core knowledge will allow you to analyse energy business challenges from an interdisciplinary perspective. The core semester can be followed at either Hanze UAS or the University of Pisa.


Programme status: pending accreditation

As this is a new programme, more information will follow.

Programme Structure

Themes of the core semester
  • Sustainable energy sources overview
  • Technologies, plants and integration
  • System innovation processes
  • Environmental issues
  • European experiences and history
  • Markets, business, economics and law
  • Models and scenarios for strategic decision-making
  • Communication and (project) management

The second semester focuses on systems operations and optimization (Netherlands) or on sustainable energy management (Spain). In-depth conceptual lectures are accompanied by practical assignments and technically orientated company visits. As a student you are required to actively contribute to the course content by presenting papers and carrying out research tasks.

System integration and optimisation - Hanze UAS (the Netherlands)

  • System model applications
  • Infrastructure and renewables
  • Intelligent information services
  • Business case economics and law
  • International case Part 1: (Energy) business plan development
  • International case Part 2: Applied research in sustainable systems

Sustainable energy management - University of Zaragoza (Spain)

  • Socio-economic aspects of energy
  • Renewable energy markets
  • Electricity and efficiency energy markets
  • Systems and tools for energy management (1)
  • Systems and tools for energy management (2)
  • Start up and management of energy service companies (ESCOs) and projects.
The third and last semester you will apply your knowledge and skills in a research project at a company or a research centre. Based in this research you will write your thesis under the supervision of a (core) professor, a professor of the specialisation and a professor from the project provider.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: 1 September 2015
  • Full-time duration 16 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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Academic Requirements

Applicants are admitted to the course on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Having a BSc. in economics, social sciences, environmental sciences, (industrial engineering and) management or studies providing a systemic point of view
  • Professional focus on subjects like economics, environmental sciences, environmental engineering, social sciences, political sciences, international business, managerial engineering and architecture.
  • Admission of students with a different bachelor's degree will be decided by Hanze UAS after assessment.
  • The criteria may be waived for applicants with relevant work experience deemed equivalent to the academic admission requirements.
  • English Language proficiency:
    - TOEFL: minimum score of 575 (paper-based test), or 90 (internet-based test with no less than 20 in reading, listening, speaking or writing); or
    - IELTS: 6.5 minimum with no less than 6.0 in reading, listening, speaking or writing; or
    - Cambridge Advanced Exam in English: B minimum; or
    - Cambridge Proficiency Exam in English: C minimum.

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Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 11500 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA
However, an EU student already holding a Dutch master's degree will pay €7,300, for the full programme.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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